Lycoming County Medical Society (LCMS) awarded a $3,000 scholarship to local medical student Morgan L. Chambers, daughter of Robert Chambers and Michelle Boyer of Williamsport. She is a second-year medical student at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey.
“My personal experiences have given me affirmation of my choice to become a physician,” Chambers said. “I will be able to take along my personal stories and use them to help guide how I view treat and empathize with patients.”
She credits the sports medicine specialist, Dr. Patrick Carey, as an influence on her journey to become a medical professional. She met Carey during her sophomore year in high school when she strained her MCL playing soccer. “He was the only person who looked at me and told me that he understood how I felt, it wasn’t my fault, and he was going to get me back to playing,” Chambers said. “It was that moment that I saw how truly powerful a doctor can be, not only in treatment, but simply by a touch and a few words.”
The journey to wellness after some personal setbacks in college helped her recognize the connection between mind, body and spirit. “I am able to see the patient for more than their disease, because I know that I was much more than that, which was how I wanted to be seen,” she said. “I hope to bring back to medicine, no matter what specialty I am in or patient I am seeing, the importance of patient-doctor relationships, and treating the entire person, not just the symptoms.”
In 2002, Lycoming County Medical Society began awarding the scholarship to benefit medical students from the county. Contributions from area physicians support the scholarship, and The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society administers the funds.
Lycoming County Medical Society provides member physicians with educational presentations, networking opportunities, and legislative and administrative support. It also serves as a community resource for public health information and communication.
The Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs that support medical education, physician health and excellence in practice. It has been helping to finance medical education for more than 60 years.
For more information about this scholarship, or other scholarship opportunities, please visit www.foundationpamedsoc.org/student-financial-services/scholarships. For questions, contact the Foundation’s Student Financial Services Director, Deborah Monko, at (717) 558-7854.